Virginia received an “A” for the second year in a row from Thumbtack.com’s Small Business Friendliness Survey.
The Commonwealth also improved its rank to No. 6 in the annual study. The Kauffman Foundation and Thumbtack.com surveyed more than 7,700 small business owners nationwide to obtain the results.
Virginia outshined its competition in the mid-Atlantic. In the category of overall friendliness, Virginia received an “A” while Maryland received a “C,” North Carolina received a “B+” and Tennessee received a “B+.”
Virginia also received “A’s” for its ease in starting a business, regulations, and training and networking programs.
“For the second year, Virginia set an outstanding example of providing a supportive environment for small business,” said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. “Our research with thousands of small businesses points to the importance of clear and consistent regulations and relevant training programs, and these are exactly the areas where Virginia excels.”
Another bright spot for the Commonwealth is Virginia Beach, which received an “A+” and was ranked the No. 2 city for overall friendliness and No. 1 city for ease in starting a business.
Entrepreneurs continue to start their businesses in the Commonwealth because Virginia offers an innovative environment combined with the right resources. To learn more about starting a business in Virginia click here.